A drill rapper who appeared on former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel has been convicted of murdering a filmmaker in a gang-related ‘ambush’, a courtroom has heard.
New York-born Jahtel Williamson, 26, was a part of a gang of killers who set upon younger music producer Dean Pascal-Modeste armed with knives and machetes.
Pascal-Modeste, 21, was ‘hunted down’ and stabbed 14 occasions in Lambscroft Avenue, Mottingham, southeast London, on the afternoon of 24 February 2017 – in an assault witnessed by horrified mother and father on the college run.
The sufferer died on the scene from his accidents together with wounds to his left lung and head accidents.
‘B-Aspect members’ throughout a crib session. New York-born Jahtel Williamson, 26, who appeared on former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel has been convicted of murdering a filmmaker
Producer Dean Pascal-Modeste, 21, was ‘hunted down’ and stabbed 14 occasions in Lambscroft Avenue, Mottingham, southeast London
Williamson, who glided by the identify Tizzy, fled to the US after the homicide and was extradited again to the UK from Washington DC on 1 Might final 12 months.
Williamson, previously of Greenwich, denied however was convicted of homicide by an Previous Bailey jury at this time.
The killing was motivated by a long-standing rivalry between two gangs, Lewisham’s ‘B-Aspect’ gang and Grove Park’s ‘Splash Gang’.
Mr Pascal-Modeste was not concerned in both, however was ‘murdered due to the corporate he had stored’, in line with the prosecution.
Each gangs had beforehand featured in rap recording classes with Westwood and have been locked in a ‘toxic’ YouTube rap feud, exchanging barbs of their on-line movies on his channel TimWestwoodTV.
Crispin Aylett KC had advised jurors Mr Pascal-Modeste, from Barking, east London, was not a gang member and had merely been ‘trying to make a reputation for himself within the music enterprise’.
On the day of his homicide, he had gone with two pals to file a music video to put up on YouTube.
He was ready with one in all them on a wall when two mopeds pulled up and one of many riders pointed a gun, jurors have been advised.
Corey Donaldson and Alex Scott, each 23, of Lewisham, southeast London, have been each jailed for all times with a minimal of 18 years for the homicide following a trial in November 2017
Williamson’s was the third in a sequence of trials which have already resulted within the convictions of 4 younger males for the killing.
Decide Philip Katz KC remanded Williamson in custody forward of sentence subsequent Tuesday and warned the killer he faces the necessary sentence of life imprisonment.
Corey Donaldson and Alex Scott, each 23, of Lewisham, southeast London, have been each jailed for all times with a minimal of 18 years for the homicide following a trial in November 2017.
Kai Stewart, 22, of Bellingham, and Devone Pusey, 25, of Beckenham, have been earlier jailed for no less than 17 and 20 years respectively after they have been additionally convicted of homicide.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett KC mentioned firstly of Williamson’s trial: ‘The time has come for him too to face the music.’
He advised jurors: ‘On 24 February 2017, five-and-a-half years in the past, 21-year-old Dean Pascal-Modeste travelled from his dwelling in Barking, east London, to Grove Park in Southeast London.
Kai Stewart, 22, was earlier jailed for no less than 17 years after he was additionally convicted of homicide
‘Dean had been trying to make a reputation for himself within the music enterprise.
‘He and two pals of his had gone to participate in a recording of a music video that was to be positioned on the web on YouTube.
‘All of a sudden from nowhere, two mopeds appeared. The mopeds pulled up not removed from the place Dean and his buddy was sitting. One pulled a gun and pointed it at Dean.
‘Six younger youths appeared on foot and chased them. That group additionally appeared to return from nowhere. These on the mopeds have been appearing in live performance. This was an ambush on two fronts.
‘The prosecution allege that the defendant, Jahtel Williamson, was a type of on foot.
‘Witnesses described seeing that they have been operating like mad.
‘Dean was hunted down and surrounded. A bunch of youths crowded round him and attacked him.
Devone Pusey, 25, of Beckenham, was earlier jailed for no less than 20 years after he was convicted of homicide
‘Throughout this pitiless assault Dean sustained 14 separate stab wounds.
‘Two blows have been struck with such drive to separate Dean’s ribs and penetrate his left lung.
‘As soon as that they had completed with Dean, they ran off. By this time, the mopeds had already sped away.
‘Dean was left mendacity on the bottom bleeding to demise. An ambulance was known as and a health care provider arrived on the scene. He was pronounced useless on the scene.
‘This assault occurred in broad daylight at round 3.45 within the afternoon.
‘Witnesses had been accumulating their youngsters from college. This assault was as outrageous because it was brazen.
‘This was a coordinated assault wherein a variety of these concerned have been armed with both weapons or knives.
‘This savage assault chances are you’ll assume bears all of the hallmarks of gang associated violence. Nonetheless there isn’t any proof that his attackers would even have identified who he was.
‘This homicide has its roots in a toxic feud. Dean was stabbed to demise not for who he was, or something he had mentioned or achieved, however murdered due to the corporate he had stored.’
The B-side gang appeared on former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel
4 knives have been recovered from the world and linked to the killing, the courtroom heard.
Each Splash and B-Aspect gang members made music movies on YouTube that resulted in an ongoing feud.
‘One such video featured the well-known disc-jockey, Tim Westwood,’ mentioned Mr Aylett.
‘From the movie, it may be seen that the musicians – who’re carrying masks and scarves throughout their faces – have been relatively much less eager on being identifiable than Mr Westwood himself.’
The Splash gang had labelled one in all their music classes as a ‘Westwood Crib Session’ wherein disparaging remarks have been made relating to ‘B-Aspect paigon ho’ – a reference to prostitutes.
Mr Westwood’s spokesman has beforehand mentioned: ‘TimWestwoodTV offers up-and-coming artists a platform to be heard by a wider viewers. The YouTube channel gives a non-profit outlet for younger artists to precise their expertise and assist present them with a possibility to get into the music trade.’